GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK RECEIVES $5,000 GRANT FROM THE
FARGO-MOORHEAD AREA FOUNDATION TO ADDRESS CHILDHOOD HUNGER
FARGO, ND – (August 10, 2011) The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, has been awarded $5,000 from the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation, through its annual Community Grant Round. The award supports the BackPack Program which addresses childhood hunger throughout the Cass-Clay community.
The Cass Clay BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as on weekends and school vacations. Support received from the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation will provide 1,170 backpacks to children in need this school year. Each backpack is filled with child-friendly, nonperishable and easily consumed food for six meals plus snacks.
About Great Plains Food Bank: The Great Plains Food Bank strives for a hunger-free North Dakota and western Minnesota by recovering and distributing surplus food and grocery product, engaging in community partnerships, and advocating for social change. Each year the Great Plains Food Bank, through a statewide network of 271 charitable feeding programs in 98 communities, provides food to more than 66,000 low-income people facing hunger – nearly 40% being children and 13% seniors. In 2010, as the state’s largest hunger-relief provider, the Great Plains Food Bank distributed a record 7.4 million pounds of food, valued at $11.9 million. The Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and member of Feeding America. Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is a nonprofit social services agency serving one in nine North Dakotans annually from offices in five cities with 19 programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities.
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